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Arleta burglar beats up elderly woman

March 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An elderly woman is in grave condition and on life support Thursday night following a home-invasion robbery. Police say the robber went to her home twice, and the second time he brutally beat her.The 86-year-old great-grandmother is in critical condition, struggling to survive. She was the victim of a violent home-invasion robbery at the house she shared with her daughter on Chase Street in Arleta.

"She cooks for me and she does a lot of things for me so now I don't know," said De Leon Rojas, the victim's daughter.

The daughter, who says fear keeps her from revealing her full name, explains she was at work last Tuesday mid-morning when the suspect first appeared on the patio of the home. The elderly Rojas confronted the man and he left, but returned later and knocked on the door.

Police say when the victim opened the door the man immediately punched her in the face and dragged her into a bedroom, then ransacked the house. He got away with jewelry and more than a thousand dollars in cash but before he left he punched the victim once more.

"Especially when you have a victim that's 86 years old, pretty much defenseless, and to basically cold-cock her, you know, just as she opens the door, and then repeatedly beat her," said LAPD Detective Hosook Jo Anderson.

"There's just no need for this, you know," said the victim's daughter. "They don't know how much they hurt the person, but the whole family too. You know, my heart is just broken in pieces."

LAPD robbery detectives say the suspect is described as a tall, heavyset Hispanic male in his 40s with black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a gray hat and a red jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at (877) LAPD-24-7.


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